Customs Procedure for Arriving Passengers

For the purpose of Customs clearance of arriving passengers, a two channel system has been adopted

I. Green Channel for passengers not having any dutiable goods.

II. Red Channel for passengers having dutiable goods.

If you need to declare goods, or if you are not sure whether to declare or not, you must report at one of the RED CHANNEL counters. If the value of dutiable goods you possess is less than your admissible free allowance and you are not carrying any prohibited / restricted item and have nothing to declare you can walk through the GREEN CHANNEL.

A few passengers are intercepted after crossing the green channel and checked by the Customs officers and if required diverted for X ray screening of their baggage. This is a routine practice but only a few passengers are selected for the screening based upon front end and back end profiling and also random selection. Some of the passengers may also be asked to get their baggage examined. In case you have anything to declare, please report to any of the RED CHANNEL COUNTERS. Customs duty on baggage is presently 35% of the value of the goods (beyond your duty free allowance) + Social welfare cess of 10%, total working out to be 38.5% of the value of the goods (beyond your duty free allowance).

Payment of duties: Duty so charged is to be deposited at the Bank counters in the Arrival Hall. Central Bank of India operates their counter at the arrival hall and collects customs duties. Customs directly doesn't collect any dues.


Your walking through the Green Channel is accepted as a declaration that you don't possess any prohibited or restricted item and that you don't have goods more than your admissible free allowance. Violation of the sanctity of the Green channel shall invite heavy penalty.

Apart from an uniform effective rate of duty of 38.5%, few items are charged at special rate of duty as per table below:

Description of articles Rate of duty
Cigarettes 110% (Inclusive of Sur Charge)
Alcoholic liquor BCD@150% AD VOLAREM
Wines of fresh grapes BCD@150% AD VOLAREM
Beer made from malt 110% (Inclusive of Sur Charge)
Eligible firearms and cartridge exceeding 50 BCD@100% AND EDUCATION CESS @3%
Fire arms- exemption for sports BCD@50% AND EDUCATION CESS @3%
Gold and jewelry in any form 10.3% (IN CASE OF ELIGIBLE PASENGERS ONLY)

Eligible Passengers:

Any passenger of Indian origin or a passenger holding a valid Indian passport under Indian passport act 1967,who is coming to India after a period of not less than six months of stay abroad; short visits made by the passenger during the aforesaid period of six months is ignored if total duration of such stay does not exceed thirty days


Information given above is only for general guidance of passengers, for detailed information regarding duty free allowances, prohibited and restricted items kindly go through traveler’s guide and baggage rules available on this website.